The United States International: Anas Jaber’s Hegemony

With the fantastic tennis that Caroline Garcia has played over the past few weeks, we can expect great things from the French player in the US Open semi-finals. But Anas Jaber put an end to her rival’s dreams by beating her quickly in two sets 6-1 and 6-3 on Thursday evening.

Garcia never dropped a set at Flushing Meadows, dominating tough opponents such as Canadian Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 championship winner, and Americans and local favorites Alison Riske and Coco Gauff.

Jaber was just as powerful and only left one game for Shelby Rogers in the third round. She was clearly inspired by the winner of the Cincinnati Championships, from which she took the first set in seven short games.

The fifth racket in the world broke Garcia at the start, before stealing his serve again in games five and seven. The Frenchwoman did everything to hold on to the second set, but Jaber pushed her foul more than once.

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Although she had a hard time putting her first ball into play (45%), the winner won 83% of the pools in these conditions, in particular due to her eight aces. She was opportunistic by converting her four break points, while never putting herself in a vulnerable position against Garcia.

The Tunisian has been enjoying her competition number for several years, having won the previous two matches between women’s tennis. The two encounters were at the Grand Slam, in Australia in 2020, and in the United States in 2019.

This is the second time this season that Jaber has managed to reach the Grand Slam final, after losing to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon. In the final, she will face the shock winner between Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the number one player in the WTA rankings, and Belarusian Arina Sabalenka.

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Leave the men

For the men, it was a day off before the semi-finals on Friday. Russian Karen Khachanov (27) and Norwegian Casper Ruud (5) will skip the swords, before leaving the Artur Ashe stadium to the local favorite, the American Francis Tiafoe, and the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (third).

The latter also struggled during the quarter-final match on Wednesday, defeating Italian Yannick Sener in 5 hours and 15 minutes. The 19-year-old won the second longest match in US Open history in five sets 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-3.

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